CCA Global Partners has partnered with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), after its recent purchase of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), to help address the shortage of qualified flooring installers.

Through this new partnership, members of CCA Global's floor covering divisions will be provided with incentives to bring new hires to the industry, and CFI will have them qualified and up-to-speed quickly, according to the association.

“CFI is well-respected for providing quality installation training,” said Charlie Dilks, CPO of CCA Global. “CCA members have been asking for help in recruiting and training more installers and we feel this program will help them meet the challenge.”

Through this new partnership, members of Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America/Flooring Canada and International Design Guild will benefit from tuition credits and discounts from both CCA and WFCA.

“It’s exciting to see CCA making a significant investment to help resolve an industry-wide problem,” said Scott Humphry, CEO of WFCA “We are happy to do our part in encouraging CCA’s members to provide installation training through CFI.”

CCA will provide its members a discount toward the cost of tuition when the installer completes one of CFI’s installation training classes for carpet and hard surface classes. 

“This is a huge step helping alleviate some of the challenges our members have faced with the current installer shortage. Quality installers are essential to our members’ success,” said Dilks.

CFI schools introduce installers to many types of flooring and the tools of the trade with an emphasis on efficiency and craftsmanship. Courses cover hands-on installation techniques, customer service training and OSHA and EPA standards training. Graduates would leave a five-week residential carpet class, and they also receive CFI certification.

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